Extra-Curricular Code

I.  Purpose of Code: To provide DeKalb Central students (grades 6-12) with consistent guidelines set up to govern DeKalb’s extra-curricular programs. Extra-curricular participants representing DeKalb Central must exemplify high standards of moral integrity, good sportsmanship, and all things conducive to developing strong character, both in and out of school. The DeKalb Central Student Extra-curricular Code is in addition to the DeKalb Central Code of conduct. This code applies when the school year begins with the first day of summer vacation and ends with the last day of school.

II. Groups that are to be governed by this behavior code are:

A. Athletic Groups

1.  Athletes

2.  Cheerleaders

3.  Managers

B. Non-Athletic Groups

1.  Music groups

2.  Speech and debate teams

3.  Academic teams

4. All other clubs or organizations

III.    Eligibility for Participation - In order to participate in extra-curricular activities at DeKalb Central Schools, the prospective student must meet the following requirements:

A.    Have an IHSAA physical slip on file in the Athletic Director’s Office (for athletic participation only).

Change in physical policy for the 2012-13 school year

DHS will now require all student athletes to have a physical on file before any summer participation occurs. The physical must have been administered after April 1st. It is very important for athletes to pick up a physical form here at school before going for their physical. Attached to the physical form will be concussion information sheets for the athlete and the parents of athletes. Also attached will be a Head Concussion Acknowledgement and Signature Form to be signed by both the student athlete and athlete’s parents.  The Acknowledgement Form must be returned when the physical is returned.

B.    HEAD CONCUSSION – NEW LAW (IC 20-34-7)

A new law “Student Athletes: Concussions and Head Injuries” (IC 20-34-7) will be in place for the 2012-13 school year. The law requires that each year, before beginning practice for an interscholastic or intramural sport, a high school student athlete and the athlete’s parents must be given an information sheet, and both must sign and return a form acknowledging receipt of the information to the student athlete’s coach. The law further states that a high school athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game, shall be removed from play at the time of injury and may not return to play until the student athlete has received a written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and head injuries.

Concussions and Head Injuries (IC 20-34-7) Pursuant to IC 20-34-7 parents and students must be informed of the risks and symptoms in connection to concussions and head injuries.  Parents/Students must sign forms acknowledging the receipt of said information.  This is to apply to all interscholastic and intramural sports (IC-20-34-7-3).IC 20-34-7-4


Player suspected of sustaining concussion or head injury; removal from play; prohibition against returning to play
     Sec. 4. A high school student athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice

or game:
            (1) shall be removed from play at the time of the injury; and
            (2) may not return to play until the student athlete has received a written clearance under section 5(a) of

this chapter.
As added by P.L.144-2011, SEC.1.

 

C.      Academics (athletic or non-athletic groups):

1.  A participant at DeKalb High School must be enrolled in five (5) full credit subjects or the equivalent. Must have received passing grades in five (5) out of five (5), five (5) out of six (6), or six (6) out of seven (7) full credit subjects during the last grading period. Semester grades take precedence at the end of the semester.

2.  A participant at DeKalb High School must be a regularly enrolled student and must have received passing grades in at least all but one subject in the last grading period.

D..    Must comply with appropriate age requirements:

1.  A student who is or shall be twenty (20) years of age prior to or on the scheduled date of the IHSAA state finals in a sport shall be ineligible for inter-school athletic competition in that sport; a student who is nineteen (19) years of age on the scheduled date of the IHSAA state finals in a sport shall be eligible as to age for inter-school athletic competition in that sport.

2.  DeKalb Middle School extra-curricular participants should not have reached his/her 15th birthday prior to the beginning of the current school year for 7th grades and 16th birthday prior to the beginning of the current school year for 8th graders.

E..     Attendance Requirement

1.  Students must be in attendance the last four periods of the school day in order to participate in an extra-curricular activity, whether it is practice, competition or performance. Exceptions to this may be approved by the Administration.

F. Expected Dress for Athletic Practices and open Facilities  (indoor and outdoor activities)

1. Athletes (male & female) are expected to wear a shirt at all times.

a.      Males should never be shirtless.

b.      Sport bras are not acceptable attire for practice or open facility workouts .

 

 

 

Behavior Rules participants are expected to abide by all behavior rules year around.

A. Tobacco Use or Possession of Tobacco (description as stated in Code of Conduct Item #12).

     Corrective Action (Athletics)

1.  First offense: Suspension for 20% of total regular season, must practice with organization, if applicable, be present with team at contests, and forfeit all school awards in organization of occurrence i.e., letters, patches, numerals, jackets, and chevrons.

2.  Second offense: The second violation of any behavior rule involving tobacco use or possession will result in suspension from all extra-curricular organizations for a full calendar year from date of second offense. The athlete suspended for a second offense is barred from attending any DeKalb athletic contest or school activity, home or away, while suspension is in effect.

     Corrective Action (Non-Athletic)

1.  First offense: suspension for three consecutive inter-scholastic performances, contests, or meetings. If applicable, must practice with organization, must be present with group at performances if desired by the leader, and forfeit all school awards in the organization of occurrence.

2.  Second offense during that school year:  the second violation of any behavior rule involving tobacco use or possession will result in suspension from all extra-curricular organizations for a full calendar year from date of second offense.

B. Possession or Use of Alcoholic Beverages

     Corrective Action (Athletics)

1.  First offense: contest suspension for 30% of total regular season content, must practice with organization or team, if applicable be present with group at contest, and forfeit all school awards in sport of occurrence, i.e., letters, patches, numerals, and chevrons.

2.  Second offense: the second violation of any behavior rule involving alcohol will result in suspension from all extra-curricular organizations for a full calendar year from date of second offense. The athlete suspended for a second offense is barred from attending any DeKalb athletic contest, or school activity, home or away, while suspension is in effect.

     Corrective Action (Non Athletic)

1.  First offense: suspension for four consecutive interscholastic performances, contests or meetings within that organization; must practice with organization, if applicable, just be present with group at performances if desired by leader, and forfeit all school awards in organization of occurrence.

2.  Second offense during that school year: the second violation of any behavior rule involving alcohol will result in suspension from all extra-curricular organizations for a full calendar year.

C. Possession or Use of Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia (description as stated in Code of Conduct Items #9 and #10)

     Corrective Action (Athletic and/or Non Athletic)

1.  First offense during that school year:  suspension from all extra-curricular organizations for one calendar year from the date of the offense. The athlete is barred from attending any DeKalb athletic contest or school activity, home or away, while suspension is in effect.

D.        Other Violations, including but not limited to:  hazing of any kind, disrespect or insubordination towards any coach or instructor (hereinafter referred to as Leader), event official, or school administrator, acts of delinquency (including but not limited to, theft, vandalism, harassment, or any other conduct that is not in accord with the law), committing a felony or misdemeanor, violations of Student Conduct Code or violation of any IHSAA regulation.

     Corrective Action (Athletic and/or Non Athletic)

     (Depending upon the seriousness of act and number of violations). Decision to be made by the athletic director and/or administrator. Efforts will be made to have input from the coach/sponsor. Coach/sponsor may institute and enforce rules and corrective actions more stringent than stated herein upon approval of the administration. If the coach/sponsor imposes more stringent rules on his/her organization, those rules should be communicated to the organization members, preferable in writing. The coach/sponsor may not introduce or enforce rules or corrective actions less stringent than is provided within this code. All school awards in the organization are forfeited.

Behavioral Procedures ~ any alleged violation will result in the following:

A. Administrator/athletic director shall hold a meeting with the student directly involved within 48 hours of the completion of the investigation of the alleged violation (this does not include weekends or holidays).

B. The individual(s) will be informed of alleged violation at the called meeting.

C. A punishment, if warranted, will be determined by the administrator/athletic director.

D. Parents will be notified by mail of the action taken.

Appeals Procedure

A. If the parties do not agree with the action initiated by the administrator/athletic director, they have a right to appeal to the Behavior Council. The following format will be followed:

1.  Upon receipt of the notification of the findings, the parents have five (5) school days to contact the associate principal/athletic director (or designee), in writing, requesting or hearing.

2.  The associate principal or designee will preside at the hearing.

3.  Those in attendance will be the Behavior Council members, administrator/athletic director coach/sponsor, parents, and participant.

4. The informal hearing procedures will follow I.C. 20-8.1-5-10.

5.  The Behavior Council will vote to determine the action to be initiated and notify the associate principal or designee in writing within 24 hours of the hearing. The associate principal or designee will notify the students and parents within 48 hours after Behavior Council notification.

B. Behavior Council - DeKalb High School and DeKalb Middle School shall have separate Behavior Councils.

1.  Behavior Council, for the purpose of athletic appeals shall consist of a majority of the following:

a.  Administrator or designee (hearing officer)

b.  Athletic Director (head council)

c.  Head coaches of all interscholastic sports

d. Cheerleader sponsor

2.  Behavior Council for the purpose of non-athletic appeals shall consist of a majority of the following:

a.  Administrator or designee (hearing officer)

b.  Band Director

c.  Vocal Director

d. Academic Coaches

e.  Speech Coach

f.  Vocational Coaches

g.  NHS Sponsor

h. Foreign Language Sponsor

i.   Student Council Sponsor

NOTE: The school year begins with the first day of summer vacation and ends with the last day of school.

 

Sportsmanship & Attendance at DHS Events

DHS students are encouraged to attend DeKalb Extra-Curricular Events for the purpose of showing support and solidarity for our Baron competitors. We want our students to have fun at events but also know there are limits and appropriate behavior must be stressed. We expect our teams to show pride in their abilities, have humility in their accomplishments and display great confidence without arrogance. Teams, coaches and fans are expected to exhibit the same characteristics in victory or defeat and show respect for all opponents, officials and other fans. DeKalb High School is committed to the concept that sportsmanship is an essential part of the educational mission in our school.

DeKalb High School’s Core Value of High Expectations include:

1.       We will encourage DeKalb Athletes only and address only our athletes by name or number. We will not address opposing athletes in any way.

2.      We will stay in the bleachers and off the playing surface at all times. Student seating begins in the second row of the bleachers.

3.      We will not interfere with warm-ups in anyway by being close to the floor /field or touching a ball. If a ball comes into our area we will appropriately hand it to the team warming up.

4.      We will stand respectfully during the visiting team’s school song and the National Anthem.

5.      We will not use noise makers of any kind including megaphones.

6.      We will have theme nights. Theme nights must be approved by athletic director at least 2 days prior to game.

7.      Costumes or attire that put down, make fun of or mock a perception related to a competing school or community will not be permitted.

8.      Any behavior that detracts attention from athletic competition taking place and onto the student section will not be permitted.


We expect athletes who compete and students in attendance to:

1.       Win without bragging

2.      Lose without complaining or making excuses.

3.      Treat opponents and referees with respect

4.      Maintain self-control at all times

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in school discipline and/or removal from participating in extra-curricular events.

SCHOOL SONG

Go ye Barons of DeKalb!

Wave your banners, show your pride.

Cheer for victory for your side.

Should we falter,

Cheers may turn the tide.

Red, White and Black are colors of our team.

Our mighty Barons fight to reign supreme.

Shout for the glory of our own DeKalb.

Go, fight, win!

Fight ye Barons of DeKalb!

Raise the score and win this game.

Victories will bring you fame.

Win or lose, proud Barons we remain!

Red, White, and Black are colors of our team.

Our mighty Barons fight to reign supreme.

Shout for the glory of our own DeKalb.

Go, fight, win!

DeKalb High School

The Best Path To Success!

Go Barons!!